13 episodes

Zenways (Zendo Kyodan) promotes and encourages activities and practices that enhance human wellbeing, balance and awakening (satori or kensho - the enlightenment of Zen) in the many different situations we find ourselves in. Over many years of strict training, in Japan and the west, Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi received dharma transmission and permission to teach in both the Rinzai and Soto lineages of Zen. He now teaches at the Yugagyo Dojo in London, UK. In this podcast series, we offer a selection of recorded talks by Daizan Roshi on the teachings of the Buddha (Dharma talks, or in Japanese Teisho). These were recorded at Yugagyo Dojo at our regular Sunday afternoon meetings. May these recordings help you and those around you to find and realise the truth. www.zenways.org

Zenways Dharma Talks Julian Daizan Skinner

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Zenways (Zendo Kyodan) promotes and encourages activities and practices that enhance human wellbeing, balance and awakening (satori or kensho - the enlightenment of Zen) in the many different situations we find ourselves in. Over many years of strict training, in Japan and the west, Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi received dharma transmission and permission to teach in both the Rinzai and Soto lineages of Zen. He now teaches at the Yugagyo Dojo in London, UK. In this podcast series, we offer a selection of recorded talks by Daizan Roshi on the teachings of the Buddha (Dharma talks, or in Japanese Teisho). These were recorded at Yugagyo Dojo at our regular Sunday afternoon meetings. May these recordings help you and those around you to find and realise the truth. www.zenways.org

    Sex and Zen

    Sex and Zen

    Julian Daizan Skinner answers a question from the sangha relating to sex and zen

    • 22 min
    Julian Daizan Skinner interviews Dr Elena Antonova

    Julian Daizan Skinner interviews Dr Elena Antonova

    Julian Daizan Skinner interviews Dr Elena Antonova. Elena is a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience based at Kings College, London.

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    How To Enter The Dragon Staff Assembly

    How To Enter The Dragon Staff Assembly

    Daizan Roshi describes what the Dragon Staff Assembly is and how you can become part of it through your practice.

    • 14 min
    Buddhas appear troublesomely

    Buddhas appear troublesomely

    It’s perfectly possible to meditate completely alone and do well, but an essential nutrient can get missed if that is all we have - relationships with others. The Buddha’s attendant Ananda once remarked to him ”I’ve been thinking that community, Sangha, is half the spiritual life”; the Buddha replied "don’t say that Ananda, the *whole* of the spiritual life is within community, within Sangha”. In this talk Daizan Roshi explains about how we can use our relationships with others, particularly the more challenging ones (what he refers to as our troublesome Buddhas), to enrich and deepen our practice.

    • 24 min
    Living in tune with your partner

    Living in tune with your partner

    Daizan Roshi talks about the Samajivina Sutta, a short account of the Buddha talking to the couple Nakulapita and Nakulamata (father and mother of Nakula). Via this wonderful, succinct teaching on love and living together, Daizan unpacks some of the qualities and virtues that couples need to cultivate in order to stay in tune with each other over the decades of their relationship.

    • 25 min
    Bompu Zen and Kensho Zen

    Bompu Zen and Kensho Zen

    In Zen we can divide our motivations and way of practice into two broad categories: ‘Bompu’ Zen which is practice with the view or the intention of problem solving (like finding a way to deal with our stress, finding a way to sleep better, increasing our creativity, etc). Then there’s another category called ‘Kensho’ Zen. Kensho means to know your true nature and this is practice with the intention of finding out that there never was a problem in the first place. In this talk, Daizan Roshi explains a little about the distinction and gets us to experience Kensho Zen by “siting like a fool” with nowhere to go, no self-improvement plans, no intention really to do anything other than just be here.

    • 12 min

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